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I just picked my new Ninja 1000 up from the dealer today, and drove it like granny all the way home, per the dealerships suggestion. Now im reading that you should run the motor hard to seat the pistons? Help me out this is my first bike and i want to make sure i do this right, how did you guys go about it? thanks for the help
 

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Like oil, everyone has their own opinion on break in procedure.

A lot of people follow the Mototune method which it sounds like you may have already heard about, Break In Secrets--How To Break In New Motorcycle and Car Engines For More Power

Me, I'm not really one to go rev the daylights out of a new engine, but I wouldn't opperate it like a Grandmother either.
I think one of the most important things for break in is to vary throttle inputs, especially at different rpm ranges as it helps with ring seal to do so and don't lug the engine. Also, change the oil and filter soon as well. No synthetic until you get some miles on it yet.

BTW, welcome to the site, congrats on the awesome new ride and hope to see ya stick around!:)
 

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I followed Kawasaki's method on break in. I figured they built it and know a hell of alot more about it than I. It's hard to do but just remember how much you paid for the bike and I'm sure you would like for it to be trouble free for many years to come. :2cents:
 

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I allowed myself up to 5000RPM's for the first 500 miles, and am currently at 750miles and am allowing myself up to 7000RPM's till 1000 miles.

I don't go WOT on the bike, but I have had some spirited rides.
 

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I was told to ride it sedately for the first few weeks..but thats more to get the rider used to the bike than break in a motor :)
 

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Like oil, everyone has their own opinion on break in procedure.

A lot of people follow the Mototune method which it sounds like you may have already heard about, Break In Secrets--How To Break In New Motorcycle and Car Engines For More Power

Me, I'm not really one to go rev the daylights out of a new engine, but I wouldn't opperate it like a Grandmother either.
I think one of the most important things for break in is to vary throttle inputs, especially at different rpm ranges as it helps with ring seal to do so and don't lug the engine. Also, change the oil and filter soon as well. No synthetic until you get some miles on it yet.

BTW, welcome to the site, congrats on the awesome new ride and hope to see ya stick around!:)
like he said
 

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I just picked my new Ninja 1000 up from the dealer today, and drove it like granny all the way home, per the dealerships suggestion. Now im reading that you should run the motor hard to seat the pistons? Help me out this is my first bike and i want to make sure i do this right, how did you guys go about it? thanks for the help
Ride it like a commuter bike for about 500 miles, then change oil, and finally ride it the way you are going to ride it.....lather rinse repeat...:lol:
 

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Ride it like a commuter bike for about 500 miles, then change oil, and finally ride it the way you are going to ride it.....lather rinse repeat...:lol:
That's pretty much what I've done with multiple new and rebuilt bikes. Ride them easy for the first 400-500 hundred miles, change the oil and filter, then just ride them like normal.

People worry too much about this...
 

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:+1: You know thats right.
When I was a kid I used watch them unload new cars at the auto dealers. Back then they used the multi-level tractor trailer rigs to haul them. Sometimes the cars were placed incorrectly and they'd need to unload a couple to get to one father forward on the trailer. They'd unload them, then need to put a couple of cars back on top.

The guys would roll up to the ramps, then hammer the throttle to get up them. There wasn't another way.

Same thing if you ever see a video of cars coming off the assembly line. You hear the tires screeching as they pull them out of the building and into the holding lots. Then there's the 1.4mi or or 3.6mi whatever you see on the odometer of your 'new' car.

Somehow I don't think it was all done at granny speeds. :D
 
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